18 Jan 2011

Mandatory Drug Testing For Food Stamp, Welfare and Medicaid Recipients: Kentucky House Bill 208

Just when I thought I had seen it all and just when I thought this country’s bottom could get no lower, Kentucky Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, penned a Bill to further demonize and humiliate the poor with mandatory drug tests for people receiving food stamps, Medicaid, and welfare. Here is

16 Jan 2011

Be Careful What You Wish For: Dumpster Diving Update

When my husband’s unemployment ran out in November I remember thinking, ‘Your bottom can always get lower.’ Just in time for the holidays he became a ninety-niner and I remained unemployed. So that we would not be homeless, he began receiving social security (thank goodness he age-qualifies), and I immediately

15 Jan 2011

Saturday Space: Saturn’s Hexagon

What do the  the seal on our dollar bill, the honeycomb and Saturn have in common? A hexagon [1]. Saturn’s hexagon is a persistent cloud formation and weather pattern at the giant planet’s north pole that was first imaged nearly thirty years ago by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft. NASA’s newer spacecraft

12 Jan 2011

Munchausen By Society

Is it at least possible that one segment of our current society with the financial upper hand has a sociological or psychiatric disorder wherein it needs marginal segments of society to remain marginalized and even dehumanized? For the purposes of this discussion, wiki summarizes Munchausen Syndrome and its cousin, Munchausen

11 Jan 2011

On Democracy Now!: Dr. Carmona Reacts to Criticism of Sheriff Dupnik

Here is the link to Dr. Carmona’s recent interview on Democracy Now! Longtime Tucson resident, Dr. Richard Carmona (former U.S. Surgeon General, Tucson trauma surgeon and Pima County law enforcement officer, and current U of A professor) calls for non-partisan dialogue and reacts to criticism of Pima County Sheriff Dupnik

09 Jan 2011

Former US Surgeon General Carmona on Tucson Shooting

Longtime Tucson resident and former US Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona delivered a heartfelt statement to the press in Tucson Saturday evening. Dr. Carmona, formerly a Tucson trauma surgeon and Pima County law enforcement official, remains actively involved in his own community. This is a short clip. http://www.wikio.com/video/carmona-conf-mp4-4909843.

05 Jan 2011

An Urban Archaeologist’s (Dumpster Diver’s) Holiday Observations

On October 23, 2010, WikiHow offered an excellent and comprehensive article on dumpster diving technique, so this diary is not a rehash. I only add a few of points: 1. Never dive a medical or hospital dumpster 2. Never dive a compacting dumpster (I do occasionally but do not condone